IN celebrating Guyana’s 49th Independence Anniversary, a team selected by the newly-appointed Government of Guyana has planned three major events, which will all take place on Independence Day, May 26.
Assistant Events Coordinator Mr Bobby Vieira disclosed during a press briefing at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport yesterday that three major events would highlight the day. “The traditional flag-raising ceremony, which is usually held at the National Park on May 25, will no longer happen, as this has also been shifted to the 26th,” he said.
The other major event is President Granger’s inauguration ceremony, which is scheduled to commence at 3:00 pm (15:00 hrs) at the National Stadium at Providence, EBD, and everyone is invited to attend.
Vieira announced that that ceremony would be graced by the presence of some Caribbean and South American Heads of State; therefore, it is anticipated that the stadium would be filled to capacity, as accommodation would be provided for persons on the parking lot tarmac in the event of the stands being overcrowded.
The third major event involves a wreath laying ceremony at the Independence Arch, where the President will place eight wreaths at the base of the arch in remembrance of those persons who struggled in the fight for Guyana’s Independence.
The final event, to end the day, will be a private inaugural reception for the New Head of State at the Pegasus Hotel, which is expected to start at 8:00 pm (20:00 hrs).
These events, Vieira underscored, came from ideas put forward by the Head of State himself, His Excellency President David Arthur Granger.
“All of these events will be televised live on Channel 11, National Communications Network (NCN),” Mr Vieira informed.
Vieira alluded to the fact that President Granger wants to make Independence Day a memorable occasion, which is why he has requested that there be a cleanup of the entire Georgetown. This has already commenced at the Square of the Revolution. These cleanup exercises, Vieira noted, will continue as the new Government commits itself to developing and improving aesthetics in Guyana.
By Navendra Seoraj